Why are we running this project?

The Goerdeler Kolleg is a professional development program for committed leaders who stand up for responsible and public interest-oriented behavior in public administration, in business or in civil society.

What are our goals?

Over the course of one year, the participants gain knowledge and competencies in good governance, trans-sectoral cooperation and innovation management. They receive exclusive insight into German and European organizations and can hone their leadership skills. With the support of experienced project managers each participant implements a good governance project in his home country.

How does the project work?

The Kolleg addresses committed leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine who work in public administration, in business or in non-profit organizations. The program language is German.

Who organizes and supports the project?

Prof. Günter Verheugen, former vice president of the European Commission, accompanies the participants as director of the Kolleg. The Kolleg is conducted in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe,Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). It sees itself as a central point of contact on matters relating to the European Union’s and Germany’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe as well as the whole post-Soviet region. The Center advises foreign policy decision makers from the fields of politics, the economy, and civil society on current political developments in the region. It also organizes conferences, discussions among experts, and background briefings.

Robert Bosch Center at the DGAP

Who was Carl Friedrich Goerdeler?

The administrative lawyer Carl Friedrich Goerdeler was lord mayor of Leipzig from 1930 to1936, making him one of only a handful of municipal leaders who were not members of the Nazi Party. After his resignation, he worked for Bosch as a liaison to the city government in Berlin. It was this position that permitted him to play an active role in the resistance against the Nazi regime. As the cofounder of the civilian underground opposition against the Nazi regime, Goerdeler formulated new constitutional plans and blueprints for a European Union. After the failed assassination attempt of July 20, 1944, Goerdeler, who was designated to become the new Chancellor, was executed as a "traitor" and "war spy" in Berlin on February 2, 1945. The Kolleg was named after Carl Friedrich Goerdeler in 2007. A conversation with the descendants of Goerdeler is part of the program.